Newberry Observer

Working toward a community garden

PROSPERITY — The Living Water Foundation is working to create the Living Water Foundation Community Garden and Education Center. The garden will serve as a communal “farmacy” for people interested in improving their health through healthy lifestyle changes.

The community garden’s vision plan is to locate the community garden along C.R. Koon Highway, near Dr. Oscar Lovelace’s office, the intended site consists of two acres of land. The plans for the garden feature a gazebo, garden shed, two-story multipurpose building, compost area, land area, outdoor space, gravel trail, boardwalk, raised garden beds, grape vines, peach trees and much more.

To help raise money for the garden, the Living Water Foundation held Feast in the Field, a farm to table event designed to also help spread the word of the community garden.

“We held the benefit for the construction of a community garden, and it will be a garden the community will build together in order to provide fresh produce during the growing season, both spring, summer and probably fall, maybe have some winter produce,” Lovelace said. “The garden will be planted by Rodger Winn, who lives in Little Mountain, he and his wife Karen had over 500 people come to their tomato tasting in Little Mountain. He is a seed saver and organic gardener, and an heirloom vegetable and produce specialist.”

The Foundation will also partner with Clemson University, through the Creative Inquiry Program.

“We will work with Marianna Robertson, she is a freshman Clemson student and lives in Newberry. What she will do is work with a professor, as her partner, to find other students from different colleges to co-labor on this community project,” Lovelace said.

The money raised during Feast in the Field will go to help clearing the land and constructing the garden. Lovelace said they have many plans and ideas for the garden, with an eventual plan to build a physical structure where people can learn a variety of different things about healthy living.

“The Living Water Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all people,” he said.

Dr. Oscar Lovelace (left) discusses the plans for the community garden, he is standing with Rodger Winn (right), who will plant the garden.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0252.jpgDr. Oscar Lovelace (left) discusses the plans for the community garden, he is standing with Rodger Winn (right), who will plant the garden. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer
All money raised during the Feast in the Field will go to constructing the community garden.
https://www.newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0251.jpgAll money raised during the Feast in the Field will go to constructing the community garden. Andrew Wigger | The Newberry Observer

By Andrew Wigger

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